Sunday, May 29, 2011

Music To Discover: 62

Labyrinth Ear
(image from http://labyrinthear.com/about/)

So there isn't a lot to be said about Labyrinth Ear in terms of biography, considering there isn't really much of a bio floating around on the internet, about them. But. What you should know, is that Labyrinth Ear is a duo formed in 2010 in New Cross, London, released their first ep in October of 2010, and that they make spell-binding, lo-fi, electronic music fit for the best kind of contained euphoria.
(info http://www.last.fm/music/Labyrinth+Ear)

Labyrinth Ear is one of those few golden discoveries I've made while lurking through last.fm. Which, believe you me, is kind of an exhausting process but when a worthwhile discovery is made boy is it worth it. 

Labyrinth Ear is a fascinating amalgamation of sounds. Sounds that would be best fit for the kind of indoor dance party you have while a dreary thunderstorm pitter-patters raindrops on your windows. I know that may seem like an overkill metaphor, but to my credit, it's one of the easiest ways to explain Labyrinth Ear's sound. For example, my favorite song by this band, Navy Light, is a song that lyrically taps into the issue of dependence while supplying a deep, bass-painted pulse, while sometimes sprinkling in synths and powdering in some slight Depeche Mode-like sounds. It is a song that, when listened to on a computer or with speakers in general, sounds subdued and quiet. But with headphones, Navy Light, is a panorama of soundscapes with vibrant, warm keyboard illustrations painted atop a heavy, chilled out, backing track. The lyrics to the song are simple but poignant, and in some respect, somewhat Ladytron-esque in their mantra like repetition. Though, for many bands, repetitive lyrics do not work, Labyrinth Ear is a clear exception of this rule, their simple phrasing and delicate vocals arouse a sense of interest and fascination, not boredom.


(image from http://labyrinthear.com/about/)

Similar to Navy Light, Snow White employs more retro, 80s, stylings combined with the same breed of whispy, entrancing, ethereal vocals. With a bit more of a drone-y bass line and beat the song careens through valleys of sharp, direct synths, and deep, smooth atmosphere. At one point, the song employs a monosyllabic colliding of letters which creates a small, almost trance like, breakdown in the song which pervades a thoroughly chilled out danceable song. 

There is one, for sure, very different track from the rest of their debut, Oak e.p.
That track would be Wild Flowers. Wild Flowers is firstly different in it's heavily analog-bass-funk rhythm at the introduction, after the first murmuring of the lyrics. Somewhat anachronistic, the bass continues on, and more tradition drum beats are soon layered into the work, and somewhat surprisingly, crescent shaped violin arrives, and deeper into the track, angular reverberating synths reflect off each facet of sound. This is simply, what I meant when I described Labyrinth Ear's sound as an "amalgamation of sounds" as evidenced in songs like Wild Flowers. Other tracks like White Gold are ominous and alluring. While Lithium is unique in its clarinet-intro and palpitating rhythms and almost Crystal Castles-like dystopian theme. Lithium is a somewhat disconcerting track but with it's purely hypnotic and spellbinding crafting, it's just purely purely brilliant.

(image from http://labyrinthear.com/about/)

Labyrinth Ear is a pretty appropriate name for this band. Their sound is like a sonic exploration of the inner ear, with combinations of instruments, sounds, and atmospheres that are truly unique. Labyrinth Ear is an absolutely fantastic band and I have a strong feeling that much more will be heard about and from this band in the coming years. So, if you're in the mood for some lo-fi, electronic music with faint nods to Ladytron and Depeche Mode, be sure to check Labyrinth Ear out.

If you're a fan of...
-Ladytron
-MNDR
-Waylayers
-Tiger Love
-Plastic Flowers
then give Labyrinth Ear a listen!

Check out their songs...
-Navy Light
-Lithium
-White Gold
-Snow White
-Wild Flowers

Navy Light


Remix(es) Of The Day

Beataucue-Behold (Botnek Remix)
So. This. Yeah.
It's basically a mental mash of hard hitting percussion, inordinate squeaks, and nu-disco. And basically, it begins off as a banger in its own right with heavily percussive, indelibly danceable rhythm, and slowly returns into a simple synth production. Which, again begins to develop into a heavily layered medley of synth, which, finally graduates into the climax/drop of the song which ultimately turns into the strangely industrial, alien-like sound of a dance-floor conflagration. It's a pretty spectacular mix if you ask me. 

Mu-Gen- Turn That Shit Up (Moombahton Edit)
This is a really interesting remix.
I want to say, and I'm pretty sure I'm correct, that this mix takes a lot of samples from a veritable cavalcade of house/dance/electronic songs and smashed them all into a slowed down megamash that precipitates into a superbly persuasive piece of house in its own right.

Foe- Charity Cases (Strangers Re-Edit)
 Charity Cases [STRANGERS REMIX] - FOE by [STRANGERS]
This is an incredibly ominous, dub-laden, remix of an already slightly off-kilter song. The original vocals are preserved and enhanced by syncopated blips and blops but simple chaoticism seems most evident in this mix. The whole mix is kind of claustrophobic and haunting but you really cannot stop listening.
What an excellent testament to Foe's original sound and intention. Be sure to check this mix out.

That's all I've got for today.
Look forward to a new post in the next 1-3 days!
Adieu.


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